Tank Cycled?

Nathan_betta3010

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So I put tetra safe start in my 10 gallon planted betta tank 16 days ago and checked the parameters 4 days ago and got:

Ammonia: .25

Nitrite: .25

I checked again today not expecting the tank to be cycled yet but got:

Ammonia: 0

Nitrite: 0

Nitrate: 5

Is my tank officially cycled now? And I read you aren’t supposed to do water changes or put dechlorinator in the water for the first 2 weeks of tetra safe start so I’m wondering if I can resume water changes.
 

Hego_Damask

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Probably not. The bacteria that needs to build up to cycle your tank needs ammonia to feed on, otherwise it dies

If you can, buy some bottled ammonia from a store, I bought mine at Walmart, put an appropriate amount in your tank, wait 24 hours, then check it again. If it is cycled, 24 hours after dosing your tank with pure ammonia, your ammonia readings should be back down to zero
 
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